GUAM HALTS PROBE INTO FIREFIGHTERS ‘ICE’ CASE

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By Tammy Anderson

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, March 30) – Guam police have suspended their investigation into the finding of suspected drug paraphernalia at the Barrigada Fire Station this past February.

Police spokesman Sergeant Joseph Carbullido said limited information and the lack of suspects in the case prompted the department to halt the investigation.

The Guam Fire Department continues its internal investigation into the case. The department is awaiting the results of firefighters' drug tests, Guam Fire Department spokeswoman Firefighter Phyllis Blas said, adding that no one has been placed on administrative leave.

On February 15, straws typically used to store crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, were found at the Barrigada Fire Station and confiscated by police.

The straws were sent to Guam Police Department's crime lab. Results of those tests were not available yesterday, Carbullido said.

Drug tests have cleared 12 of the 14 firefighters ordered to undergo testing. The results of the remaining two firefighters have yet to be released, said Rose Cruz of the Department of Administration's human resource office.

March 31, 2006

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